Collocation – War & Peace

Read this news report from the year 3013 and circle the correct word to complete each collocation.
Special report:
Strains / Tensions[1] are rising between the residents of Earth and Mars, causing some to speculate that
the
fragile / weak [2]peace between the two planets may soon come to an end. The latest round of
violence
erupted / ruptured[3] when Martian soldiers established / stationed[4] at the Martian embassy on
Earth opened
fire / shooting ]5] on a group of Earth residents who were protesting outside the consulate.

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Although war has not been declared / stated[1], both planets are ready to react if the other launches an
affront / offensive[2]. There are rumors that Mars has been stockpiling / storming[3] illegal weapons to
defend itself from Earth’s much better-equipped military.

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Diplomats from both planets are doing everything possible to bring stability / steadiness [1]to the
situation, but there are concerns that radical extremist groups on Earth may be planning an
uneasy /unprovoked[2] attack for the express purpose of causing a war to break out / take off[3].

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Everyone remembers the hatreds / horrors[1] of the last interplanetary war, in which the decisive /
determined [2]
battle resulted in hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties / collateral[3]and a large
number of refugees who
fled / deployed[4] to the colony on the Moon.
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Even after a ceasefire / crossfire[1] was negotiated, isolated incidents of violence against Martian citizens
brought the two planets to the
brink / edge [2] of war several times. The president of Earth has authorized
the recruitment and training of additional peacekeeping
forces / truces[3]; however, a forever / lasting[4]
peace continues to be a complicated issue for our Solar System.

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